For Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Program Spring, 2005

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Higher Education Business and Finance

For Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Program

Spring, 2005

General Class Information

Meeting dates January 19, February 2, February 23, March 9, March 30, and April 20

Meeting time 1-4 pm Wednesday’s

Meeting location Harrington Tower 569

Instructor Dr. Becky Carr

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Education and Human Development

Office: Heaton Hall 210

Phone # 862-1342 Fax 862-4352

Email Web site

Course Description

Business management and financial aspects of administration is higher education; federal and state funding, institutional planning, budgeting and controlling, sources of financial support and business operations in higher education. This course will focus on financial management in Student Affairs departments and divisions.

Course Competencies

At the conclusion of the course, each student is expected to know and understand:

  • basic terminology associated with financial management;

  • current patterns of financing higher education;

  • the process of financial management as a tool for planning and decision making;

  • the budget process; and

  • uses of technology in the financial management process

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Student Life - Services for Students with Disabilities in Room 126 of the Koldus Building. The phone number is 845-1637. You should also talk to the instructor about accommodations you need.

Grading and Assignments

  1. Mid term exam 150 points

  2. Budget project 200 points

  3. Assignment 1 25 points

  4. Assignment 2 25 points

  5. Assignment 3 25 points

  6. Assignment 4 25 points

  7. Assignment 5 25 points

  8. Assignment 6 25 points

  9. Assignment 7 25 points

  10. Assignment 8 25 points

  11. Class participation 25 points

  12. On-line discussion 25 points

Each assignment or exam will be worth the point value assigned. Points received from all assignments will be added together for final grade: 540 or above = A; 480-539 = B; 420-479 = C; below 420 = F. All assignments must be completed to receive a final grade in the class. Assignments are due on or before the date listed in the calendar. Late assignments will have 5 points deducted for that assignment. Late budget projects will have 20 points deducted.

Assignment #1

After reviewing Public vs. Private I want you to go out on the web and look at three (3) different institutions budgets (links provided) and provide some information as outlined in assignment #1 instructions.

Assignment #2

You will review the revenue budgets of actual institutions of higher education to compare and learn from them and answer questions regarding the differences and similarities of the institutions.

Assignment #3

You will have a set of multiple choice and matching questions to answer about accounting and budgeting terms.

Assignment #4

You will develop a vision, mission and goals for the department your budget project.

Assignment #5

You will develop the office structure and salary structures for your department.

Mid Term exam

The mid-term exam will be taken on March 9 in class. The test will be taken on line. The test will be a combination of matching, defining of terms, listing, and short answer questions. There will also be a couple of short essay questions. These will only be 2-3 paragraphs long. All materials from the modules, readings, glossary, and class discussions will be covered.

Assignment #6

You will develop the revenue sections for your department

Budget project

Using assignments 4, 5 and 6 you will complete a full budget proposal with explanations and detailed back up for all numbers. You will be graded on completeness of the project, relation of expenditures to goals and vision, and accuracy of information and budget figures provided.

Assignment #7

You will review financial statements as a department head asking questions and listing concerns once you have evaluated the expenditures to date.

Assignment #8

You will respond to the budget scenario sent to you via email – it will relate to a special budget project or a need to reduce your budget based on instructions given.

Class Participation

Your attendance is expected, and there will be activities and discussion opportunities. Everyone will start with 25 points, if you do not participate in these activities points will be deducted.
On-line participation

There will be several times throughout the course that a discussion topic will be posted to the web class. Your participation in these discussions is worth 25 points.


Between each class meeting you must complete a module of work. Each module will contain presentations on several subjects, text chapters and reference articles for you to read, assignments to complete, a vocabulary list, and a suggested calendar to keep you on schedule.

  • Presentations are taken from past lectures. These are Powerpoint presentations with voice over discussion. Notes versions of the presentations are also provided in pdf format if you would like to make a print version to take notes on.

  • Readings may be chapters in the text book, journal articles, chapters from other books, newspaper articles or may be web sites with information you should read and review.

  • Assignments should be completed and submitted through WebCT according to the due date listed.

  • The vocabulary list will provide a summary list of all the vocabulary words you should become familiar with during the module. Information about each vocabulary word will be in the Glossary.

  • Each module calendar will list suggested dates of completion for reviewing units and deadlines for assignments.




Assignments & Readings
Class #1

January 19

First Class -Orientation

Financing Higher Education

Module #1

January 20-February 1

  • Higher Education Financial Context

  • Sources of Revenues

  • Public vs. Private

  • Chronicle Article #1

  • Textbook Preface & Chapter 1

  • Assignment #1-Due January 28

  • Assignment #2-Due February 2

Class #2

February 2

  • Public vs. Private Discussion

Accounting for the Money

Module #2

February 3-February 22

  • Different Kinds of Money

  • Accounting 101

  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting

  • Textbook Chapter 2 pp.29-34

  • Assignment #3-Due February 15

Class #3

February 23

  • Visioning exercise for institutions for the budget projects.

  • Budget Project Discussion

The Budget Process

Module #3

February 24-

March 8

  • Types of budgeting

  • Budget process

  • Textbook Chapters 2 & 3

  • Assignment #4-Due March 2 Assignment #5-Due March 9
Class #4

March 9

  • Budget Project Updates

  • Mid term exam

Financial Management

Module #4

March 10- March 29

  • Analysis of Financial Statements

  • Audits

  • Textbook Chapter 4

  • Assignment #6-Due March 23

  • Budget Project due April 4

Class #5

March 30

Financial Issues

Module #5

April 1-

April 19

  • Privatization

  • Auxiliary Enterprises

  • Internal Control

  • Textbook Chapter 5

  • Assignment #7 Due April 12

  • Assignment #8 Due April 18
Class #6

April 20

Financial Case Study

Course Evaluation

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